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Project: 3D Star for a Happy 4th of July

By Helen | July 4, 2009

Wishing everyone a very Happy 4th of July!

I love 3D stars.  I’ve seen these as wall decorations and I thought they’d be fun to make for decorations for the Fourth of July.


I found a template for making 3D paper stars.  Now…if you’re wanting to make a lot of these, I would recommend using a cutting machine.  For my star, I opted to use my Cricut and the Cricut Design Studio (CDS) software.  I used the Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge.

Place the star onto a soft surface so you can use a stylus to create score lines.  I use the soft side of my Versamat.  Tip: when scoring, press lightly – otherwise, you can go right through the paper. 


I like to use my quilting ruler for paper crafting.  You can use any straight edge.  Line up the ruler from the tip of one star point to the inner point on the opposite side of the star.  Score a line.


After scoring all the lines, crease them.  The crease from the tip of the star point to the center where all the lines cross will be a mountain fold (it comes forward).  The crease from the inner point to the center where all the lines cross will be a valley fold (it goes backward).  If the star looks crooked…it is – there is a distinct top to this star shape and I happened to take the photo with the top point to the right.


To make it easier for decorating, I created templates for each of the star sections.  I cut out another identical star.  Then, I numbered each of the star sections and also the center and tip.  This will come in handy later.


I scored the template, then using the score lines as guides, cut the star apart into the individual star sections.


I wanted to alternate the patterned paper I was using.  All odd number pieces will be one pattern and the even number pieces a coordinating pattern.

If I were to use these pieces as cut, they would completely cover the star base.  I wanted some of the white of the star base to show, so I cut roughly 1/8″ off the long edge of each piece. 


To make it easy to assembly, I kept the template with the pieces I cut.


Now, start adhering the patterned pieces to the star base.  I started with piece 1 and worked my way around clockwise.


And…voila!  Here you have a finished 3D paper star.


I found what would be the natural top (lower right point in photo above) and punced two holes for adding a piece of hemp to hang the star.  These make great decorations.  Hang one in a gazebo…


On a door…


Or on a deck railing…


Have a very Happy 4th of July!

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Topics: Cricut, Other Projects | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “Project: 3D Star for a Happy 4th of July”

  1. Karen Pedersen Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Love, love, love your stars, Helen! Thanks for sharing the template, too.

  2. Leslie Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Helen, I love this star pattern. thank you so much for sharing. I can see this as red, white and blue and also in Christmas colors. Wow, thanks so much.

  3. Tanya Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been wondering how to make it, I figured it could be done…

  4. Leslie Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Helen, I had to try my hand at this star and am posting my photo on my blog with credit to you. Thanks for the template.

  5. Beth Norman Says:
    July 5th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Wonderful tutorial. TFS. I’m going to give it a go. Thank you for visiting my blog on the hop. (I’m the gal that does the tutorials). I like your blog and am so glad you popped in to say hello. Just subscribed and added you to Twitter.

  6. HaleyD Says:
    July 5th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    What a great tutorial! Thanks so much. I feel a class coming on. Wouldn’t these make great holiday decorations for any season?

  7. Helen Says:
    July 5th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I can see these done as smaller stars for the holidays.

  8. Winnie @ Norwayscrapper Says:
    July 6th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you for sharing this template, love love the star so will have a go making one, thanks for visiting my blog on the HOP

  9. Laurinda Says:
    July 8th, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this. It’s beautiful!

  10. Gaby Says:
    November 11th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    What a great tutorial… My 4 yr old daughter wants a golden star for the top of our christmass tree, I went to every store and none had a big enough star and the one I found is for hanging not for standing on top of the tree, so this is just perfect for her!!!….oh and YES, I am already putting up my Xmas tree, ’cause my daughter can’t wait and since we don’t celebrate thanksgiving, I had to do it!!! Thanks a lot and greeting from Mexico!!

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